Just because we are chronically ill doesn’t mean the bills stop coming
In fact, we probably have more expenses now. If you are a caregiver for someone with chronic illness, it can be just as difficult for you to survive as well. For some of us, that means the differences between medications or electricity. That is definitely a cold reality and something NOBODY should have to experience. That is why I started researching about creating income when chronically ill. I found Conscious Crafties, a craft selling site specifically for those with chronic illness.
If you are well enough and crafty there may be a solution. Conscious Crafties is a website not unlike Etsy. The difference? It is specifically FOR those living with chronic health conditions, disabilities AND for caregivers of those suffering the above. What?!
Yes, someone created a site JUST for US spoonies to create our own income!
I crochet and I’ve thought about showcasing my stuff on sites like Etsy but never have. Afterall, what would happen if I got an order and was then laid up for days? It always stopped me. I’ve heard horror stories about customers who actually GOT what they wanted WHEN they wanted it. They were still raging at the shop owner, left bad reviews and spread negativity about the shop.
Running across Conscious Crafties made my heart smile. I don’t remember how I found it but it was probably on Pinterest (addict right here). It was almost as if someone had read my mind or all of our minds. This is just one place I found for creating income when chronically ill and I’m looking for more all the time.
The fact that people KNOW they are buying from someone with a disability means they understand (or should) that unexpected things can happen. Now let me be clear. I am not saying that your work should be subpar, just that a flare day may pop up.
Your work should always be great, it will be the reason you are allowed to sell on this site
If your products aren’t as good as what buyers can get elsewhere they have no reason to purchase FROM YOU. I’m almost positive that Conscious Crafties wants creators who consistently produce good work. If you were a buyer, would you buy products that weren’t as good as or better than what you could find on Etsy? Keep your ability to sell on CC, even with your limitations, by creating great products.
Here are a few tidbits about Conscious Crafties:
- Conscious Crafties says they are “a worldwide craft selling site with gorgeous gifts handmade by talented people living with CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS, DISABILITIES or are CARERS for loved ones.”
- You are able to open a shop on Conscious Crafties by following their guidelines
- All buyers are welcome to purchase items on Conscious Crafties, they even have a page for “new products” to showcase items that were just released
- This could be a great way for families and friends to support you without injuring your pride or making them feel used
Although not everyone with an autoimmune disease or chronic pain is unemployed, some are
There are those who are still able to work full-time in the traditional workforce. For the rest of us caught in the middle, we can find things that create an income AND help us create a life we love.
In a way, being ill now is better than being ill 20 years ago. At that time, finding a way to create income was difficult. For many chronically ill people, it was downright impossible. I am extremely grateful for all of the opportunities that are and are becoming available to all us spoonies.
Do you have experience with Conscious Crafties? Do you want to share a way to create income with me at Chronic Chimera?
I love hearing all about how you tackle your struggles with chronic illness!
Do you have other tips you can share with us? Most spoonies have found workarounds for all types of things and I’d love to share your advice. Write a comment below or send me an email.
Kim is a freelance blogger, writer and VA. She loves sharing resources for other “spoonies” to help them create lives they love. Hoarding crochet patterns on Pinterest is her second favorite thing.